"To me it is unthinkable that a real atheist could be a scientist."
[COPERNICUS] "He was persecuted, not because he went against the teachings of religion but because under his theory man was not the center of the universe and this was most displeasing news to a number of egoists."
~ Robert Andrews Millikan [Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923]
Mind is the god of science.
Beyond its puny brain, a science infused mind refuses to entertain. For, the former is its child. Someone the human is comfortable with. That there exists a supra "knowing", above normal everyday science, an egotistic being finds it difficult, if not impossible, to concede. Maybe the super silly claims of his or her own inherited religion colours the vision of most scientists.
Religion is the devil that bedevils a scientific mind.
Perhaps rightly so, howsoever mistakenly so. Indeed, billions of people too are bewitched by the stupendous but superstitious claims of men in religious robes. Not much better than our dear ancestors - the apes.
And for the most part, each religion tries to outdo the other. If one claims itself to be the "chosen" lot, another stakes claim to be the "last" lard. Each curses the other to oblivion. Both endowing their own people to be the one who shall outlast the rest, till doom puts it all to test.
Damn another's god!
The common factor amongst the cursing isms is that their god is considered to be a human-like entity, and their concocted hell and heaven a physicality" - a place. As say, the earth is. Lest anybody else claims so, this "personal" god is mired in vagaries. And thenceforth this deity is proclaimed also to be a spirit, or a presence of some sort; who, does good to the believers, and damns the hell out of the unbelievers!
This irks a scientific temperament. By the sheer stupidity of it, its rogue messiahs, the rascally god-men, and owing to its crude and cruel evangelical followers - religion bores a rational mind. Therefore, it closes itself.
And none can find fault with it.
Unfortunately, thus disposed, many a scientific mind cannot look beyond its dislike and disdain for traditional religion. Hence, even intelligent people are woe to concede that freethinkers and freemystics ages through do find a reality over and above mind-made mad gods, and beyond the brain-birthed idiotic isms. For, by now disgusted with the impossible claims sans proof by the die-hard fundamentalists, and because of the abominable acts of religious loonies, the intellectuals fall easy prey to their own god - atheism.
Commonality seen, is commonly believed.
The Unseen, the Unfathomable, the Nameless Reality is disbelieved. That the meditating human ego-less-ness loses its "i"-ness, and being-ness, and "ends"; yet "sees" all "this" (turning as if) unto "That"" - the Wholeness of All - is considered an impossibly by a mind devoured by scientism. Hence, akin the religious nutcases, the god of science - atheism - too stays a dull, and a dumb questionable sod.